Library Accessibility

The library staff is at your service and provides expert advice and assistance for patrons with a disability in all matters concerning the library collections or information services.

The library's e-resources are availabe 24/7 with utu login. Please let us know if you have encountered any obstacles when using our services – you can even suggest solutions to remove them.

Access to the facilities

Calonia Library

Location
Calonia Library is located in the Calonia building. The library's street address is Caloniakatu 3.

Disabled parking
There are two parking spaces reserved for  disable peolple right outside the Calonia building.

Entrance
The main door to Calonia building and the one to the library open automatically.

Moving indoors
The library is located on the ground floor. Moving around the library is accessible. The door between the lobby and the 24/7 area opens automatically as well as the door between the 27/ area and the library.
Guide and service dogs are welcome in the library.

Toilet facilities
There is no disabled toilet in the library.  A disabled toilet can be found in the lobby.

Customer computers
One wheelchair accessible computer is available in the library. There are also borrowable laptops.

Study areas
One study place is wheelchair accessible.

Induction loop
An induction loop system is available in the whole Calonia building, including the library. An induction loop aids hearing disabled customers by transmitting an audio signal directly into a hearing aid via a magnetic field.

Group study areas
Several group study areas, no booking required but they are not wheelchair accessible.

Single study rooms to be reserved
Two single special study arrangement rooms to be reserved
CAL 1079 Pykälä
CAL 1080 Artikla

See instructions on making a reservation.

Educarium Library

Location
Educarium Library is located in the Educarium building. The library's street address is Assistentinkatu 5.

Disabled parking
There is no disabled parking by the main entrance. However, the Educarium parking area has four parking spaces reserved for the disabled.

Entrance
The two main entrances to Educarium are equipped with automatic doors. The doors from the entrance hall to the library are automatic as well.

Moving indoors
The library is located on the 1st floor, but it is divided into two floors. The second floor can be accessed by a lift. Please ask the staff for further assistance. There is a doorbell on the second floor right beside the stairs.
Guide and service dogs are welcome in the library.

Toilet facilities
A disabled toilet is located on the 1st floor, on the left when entering the library.

Customer computers
One customer computer on the 1st floor is reserved for people with disabilities and is wheelchair accessible.
The library has laptops available for the students and staff of the University of Turku to loan and use at the premises.

Induction loop
A transferable induction loop is available at the service desk.  An induction loop aids hearing disabled customers by transmitting an audio signal directly into a hearing aid via a magnetic field.

Group study rooms
The group study rooms are located on the 1st floor and are wheelchair accessible. The doors are 89cm wide and easy to open. Wheelchairs fit to sit by the table. The group study rooms can be booked via the Outlook calendar. See instructions on making a reservation.

Feeniks Library

Location
The Feeniks Library is located on the University hill.

Disabled parking
The nearest parking space for disabled people can be found in the courtyard of the Natura building. See the campus map for more information.

Entrance
The entrance to the Feeniks Library is at the university's central square. One of the doors is automatic.​

Moving indoors
The 2nd and 3rd floor service areas can be reached using a lift on the 1st floor behind a door for the disabled. There is also an internal phone in the lobby, which dials directly to the service desk. The 2nd and 3rd floor service areas are wheelchair accessible.
Guide and service dogs are welcome to the library.

Study areas
In the 2nd floor study area there is one desk reserved for wheelchair users. It is the last desk in the first row. The doors to the study area are not automatic. In the 3rd floor silent study area there is one desk reserved for wheelchair users. The doors to the silent study area are not automatic.

Toilet facilities
The disabled toilet is located in the lobby on the left by the door to the lift.

Customer computers
The 2nd floor service area has one wheelchair accessible computer.

Induction loop
A transferable induction loop is available at the 2nd floor service desk. An induction loop aids hearing disabled customers by transmitting an audio signal directly into a hearing aid via a magnetic field.

Group study rooms
Feeniks Library has four group study rooms. Koskenniemi on the 1st floor and Rantakari, Laurikkala, and Kaila rooms on the 3rd floor. The doors to the group study rooms are not automatic and the doors have low doorsteps. The group study rooms can be booked via the Outlook calendar. See instructions on making a reservation.

Quantum Library

Location
The Quantum Library is located on the University hill, on the basement/ground floor of the Quantum building.

Disabled parking
The library can be reached by car via Vesilinnantie, there is a parking area next to the Quantum building. One parking space is reserved for the disabled by the entrance to the ground floor.

Entrance
Some of the doors are not automatic and they are heavy.

Moving indoors
The indoor areas of the library are fairly accessible. All the service areas are wheelchair accessible by lifts. The spaces between the bookshelves are wide enough for wheelchairs, apart from the journal collection on the ground floor, where the space between the shelves is too narrow.
Guide and service dogs are welcome to the library.

Toilet facilities
A disabled toilet is available in the Quantum building

Customer computers
There is one computer intended for wheelchair users next to the library staff office.

Teacher Education Library in Rauma

Location
The Teacher Education Library in Rauma is located in the middle of the seminary hill, on the 1st floor of the Library building. The library's street address is Seminaarinkatu 1, Rauma.

Entrance
There is a ramp by the stairs to the library building, but the doors are not automatic, and there are high doorsteps both at the entrance of the building and inside the library premises.

Moving indoors
The service area of the library is wheelchair accessible, mut there are high doorsteps into the other areas. In addition, the door to the multifunction room/computer lab on the first floor is quite narrow.
Guide and service dogs are welcome in the library.

Toilet facilities
A disabled toilet is located in the library.

Customer computers
The computers by the service desks are wheelchair accessible. However, the computers in the group study area are less accessible because of the doorsteps.

Group study rooms
The group study area is not wheelchair accessible due to the doorsteps leading into the other areas of the library.

Teutori Library

Location
The Teutori Library is located on Lemminkäisenkatu 3 B.

Disabled parking
There is no parking availability right outside the Teutori Library. Opposite the Teutori Library on Lemminkäisenkatu, outside the Institute of Dentistry, there are parking spaces along the street. One of the parking spaces is reserved for the disabled.

Entrance
The entrance has a low doorstep. The door is not automatic and is quite heavy to open.

Moving indoors
There is a lift in the entrance lobby.
Essentially the library consists of two floors. Service desks, course book and journal collections, as well as the books on Medicine are located on the ground floor. Collections on History, Art studies, and Cultural studies, as well as study desks and a group study room are located on the 1st floor.
Both floors can be reached using the lift in the entrance lobby, but the door from the lobby on the 1st floor is locked. You can call the staff by using the doorbell. In addition to these two floors, there are two galleries in the library, one on the ground floor and one on the 1st floor. Both can only be reached via the spiral staircases.
The indoor areas on the ground and the 1st floor are fairly accessible. The space between the bookshelves is wide enough for wheelchairs. The journal collection on the 1st floor is situated behind a non-automatic glass door.
Guide and service dogs are welcome to the library.

Toilet facilities
There are two disabled toilets in the library. One is on the ground floor and the other on the 1st floor.

Customer computers
On the ground floor, there is one computer intended for wheelchair users.
The library has laptops available for the students and staff of the University of Turku to loan and use at the premises. The laptops can only be used inside the library.

Induction loop
A transferable induction loop is available at the ground floor service desk. An induction loop aids hearing disabled customers by transmitting an audio signal directly into a hearing aid via a magnetic field.

Group study rooms
One wheelchair accessible group study room is located on the 1st floor. The other group study rooms are situated on the balconies. You can reach the 1st floor by using the lift from the entrance lobby but the door of the lobby on the 1st floor is locked. There is  a doorbell so you can call the staff. The group study room is wheelchair accessible but the door is not automatic.
Group study rooms Kaari, Parkki, and Valvomo are on the ground floor gallery. The group study rooms can be booked via the Outlook calendar. See instructions on making a reservation.

The galleries can only be reached via the spiral staircases.

Turku School of Economics Library

Location
The Turku School of Economics Library's address is Rehtorinpellonkatu 3.

Disabled parking
Parking spaces are available on the street in front of the main entrance to the Turku School of Economics.
Unfortunately, there are no disabled parking spaces by the main entrance, but two parking spaces by the side entrance are reserved for the disabled. These parking spaces are located in the yard, right next to the staff parking area and the side entrance.

Entrance
The library is located close to the main entrance of the School of Economics, on the 1st floor.
Patrons using the side entrance can take the lift to the 1st floor, where the library is located. There are no steps on either entrance and both are wheelchair accessible.

Moving indoors
The premises of the library are wheelchair accessible, with the exception of the gallery above the reading room.  
Guide and service dogs are welcome to the library.

Toilet facilities
Toilets for the disabled are located on the basement floor near the lift, and on the 1st floor near the lobby and the library.

Customer computers
The Turku School of Economics Library has laptops available for the students and staff of the University of Turku to loan and use at the premises. The laptops can only be used inside the library.

Induction loop
A transferable induction loop is available at the service desk. An induction loop aids hearing disabled customers by transmitting an audio signal directly into a hearing aid via a magnetic field.

Services for students with special needs

Course book services for print disabled

If you are print disabled, you are entitled to an extended loan period for course books. The first loan period is extended for one week. This applies to 14 days loans only.

Do as follows:

  • Show an expert opinion of your print disability or the recommendation of the university accessibility planner in the library. You can show the expert opinion or recommendation in any library unit.
  • We will make a note in our library register that the course book loans are extended for one week. The reason for this will not be noted in the register.

Note! Always borrow the books at the loans desk, not via the self check. You can renew your course book loans by yourself in Volter, by phone or by email.

The extended loan period does not apply to renewals.

Book fetching service

Customers with physical disability can request  books to one library.

This is how it works:

  1. Visit any of the library’s customer services in person to agree on the service.
  2. You can make the book request in person in the library or by e-mail at library@utu.fi. You may request books from different Turku University libraries and then collect them all from the library of your choice.
  3. When you make the book request, please also indicate from which library you wish to pick them up.
  4. Library will contact you and estimate the delivery time. Requests submitted on working days before 12 o’clock will be available for pick up no later than  two working days after the request has been made. Library will inform you if the book is on loan and assists in making the request if necessary. When you receive an e-mail notice of arrival, send email to the address library@utu.fi and tell where you would like to have the books delivered. We will then email you to let you know, when your requested material is ready for collection.
  5. Collect the books yourself or ask someone else to collect them on your behalf. If someone else will be collecting the materials, please provide the name of the person in advance to the library. Remember also to take with you/give the book collector a library card for borrowing.
Celia

From Celia university students with print disabilities can borrow textbooks free of charge.

The textbooks are either  talking books with human narration or DAISY books with TTS and the text of the book included. These books are suitable for all persons with print disabilities.

You can become a Celia customer by contacting Turku University Library. We make the online registration for the Celianet service for you. You don't need to present an expert opinion of your print disability to the library.
We also give you advice about how to use Celia books.
If the textbook you need cannot be found in an accessible format, Celia will produce it for you free of charge. Please note that it takes three months to produce a new book.

Contact persons: Ann-Louise Paasio
Jari Herranen
Päivi Letonsaari
firstname.surname@utu.fi

More information about Celia for university students

Special study rooms

Calonia library has two special study rooms that can be reserved for use.

​Room names on Outlook room list:

CAL 1079 Pykälä - erilaisen oppijan tila
CAL 1080 Artikla - erilaisen oppijan tila

The special study rooms can be reserved by anyone via Outlook, but they are primarily intended for persons requiring special arrangements in studying. Maximum reservation time for regular users is two hours per day per user. See instructions on making a reservation.

Persons with a proven need for special arrangements are eligible to override existing reservations for these rooms on a two day notice. They can also request for four-hour reservations.

The library requires a certificate or other professional document detailing the need for special arrangements. For more information, please contact the university's accessibility planning officer.

If you are eligible for override privileges but the rooms are already booked when you need them, please contact library@utu.fi to place your reservation.